Lemme introduce you to Lela Davidson. There's a pretty damned good chance you already know who she is, considering she's kind of a big effin' deal - what with three award-winning books and all - but there's also a slight chance you don't. The internet is a giant place, after all. Don't worry. If you know of Lela already...high five. If you didn't. You do now.
Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, let's talk about why Lela is today's topic of conversation, shall we? For starters, she's pretty and we all know I'm as superficial as they come. Secondly, she's got great legs and her stilettos are killer. Third? She has a new book out called Faking Balance: Adventures in Work and Life. And fourth - ly- ish....??? Is that even a word? Fourthly?
If it isn't, I'm invoking the Rule of Poetic License. If it was already a word, I should probably ask Santa for a Big Kid's Dictionary for Christmas 'cuz Mama's a bit behind on her word game. Again...moving on....
Where was I? Oh right. The Fourthly thing. Lela is kind of my favoritest person ever (right this minute, of course) because she wrote my foreword for my own book, BabyFat: Adventures in Motherhood, Muffin Tops, & Trying to Stay Sane. See? We connected because we like ADVENTURES. We are ADVENTUROUS PEOPLE, dammit. That means we are awesome and you should like us.
I'll be the first to admit that I almost fell over when I got Lela's response to my WILL YOU PLEASE PRETEND YOU LIKE ME AND SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT MY BOOK email and she was all WHO's PRETENDING, SISTER? AND YES I WILL SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT YOUR BOOK BECAUSE I READ IT AND IT'S FABULOUS. I mean, come on people...She's not related to me by neither blood nor marriage so I was kind of expecting her to tell me to pound sand. But she didn't.
She's classy. She's funny. She's a damned good writer. She WAS ALREADY PUBLISHED and Faking Balance was almost ready to be born into the universe! And then she suggested we trade signed copies our our books. Awesome, right?
Faking Balance is a fun, quick, and relatable read for any mother who has found herself wondering at least once every day why she seems to be failing at that mystical concept called Balance. There's the kids, their schedules, their lunches, their playdates and college applications...
Add in the significant others, the dishes, the laundry, the work (inside and/or outside the home), and trying to carve out the freaking time to de-stress with yoga and meditation - or vodka and brownies - which - ironically - causes more of the very pressure to balance it all that we are totally already faking! Lela's voice is true, crisp, and her writing is witty and real. I've never spoken to her on the phone, but I have a feeling that what I hear when we finally do meet in person will be exactly the voice I heard in my head while reading Faking Balance. And that, my friends, plays big on my What Makes An Author a Great Author list.
Thank you, Lela, for your story. I can't wait for more.
*I received a copy of this book in a book-for-book trade with the author and all opinions are my own. Obviously. Also? This post contains affiliate links and I might make some change should you decide to buy the books linked within the post.